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S1: Advances in Ceramic Processing, Forming and Shaping

Organizers: Wolfgang M. Sigmund, University of Florida; Juan C. Nino, University of Florida; Kristen Brosnan, General Electric Global Research Center; Edward M. Sabolsky, West Virginia University


Considerable scientific challenges remain for understanding fundamental aspects of ceramic processing technologies to meet demands in electronic applications. This symposium will focus on the advancement of understanding ceramic processing science, forming and shaping. Every aspect of processing science will be covered, from nanopowders to recent advances in sintering. Applications of electronic ceramics include actuators, solid oxide fuel cells, thermoelectrics, energy storage and conversion, sensors, power electronics and microwave dielectrics.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Powder Processing Science
  • Electrohydrodynamic Processing
  • Nanostructured Ceramics
  • Ceramic Composites
  • Novel Casting Technologies
  • Thin film/Microelectronic Processing
  • Macroporous Ceramics
  • Net-shape Ceramic Processing
  • Advances in Sintering



Point of Contact

Wolfgang Sigmund, University of Florida
225 Rhines Hall, P.O. Box 116400
Gainesville, FL 32611-6400, USA
Phone: +1 (352) 846-3343
e-mail: wsigm@mse.ufl.edu




S2: Symposium on Advanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric and Ferroic Materials, and Emerging Fields in Electronics

Organizers: Amit Goyal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Shashank Priya, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Dwight Viehland, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Sahn Nahm, Korea University; Pam A. Thomas, University of Warwick, UK


This symposium will bring together researchers from academia and industry to present the latest advances in synthesis, modeling, and characterization of dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic materials. These materials have a tremendous impact on a variety of civilian and defense applications including tunable microwave devices, sonar transducers, memories, MEMS devices, high energy density capacitors, piezoelectric composites, energy harvesting, actuators, and sensors. Recent work on bridging phases in relaxor based perovskites, multiferroic heterostructures, lead-free piezoelectrics, composite thin films, flexoelectric effect, and fundamental materials science including computational and analytical modeling will be discussed. Other topics of interest are (but not limited to) nanoscale domain phenomena, ferroelectric thin films, structure-property relationships, magnetoelectric composite structures, and electric field induced phase phenomena.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Electromechanical Phenomena of Piezoelectric Composites, Actuators, Sensors and Motors
  • Lead-free Piezoelectrics
  • Integrated Multi-Layers and Interface Structures
  • Microwave Dielectrics, Metamaterials, and Frequency Tunable Devices
  • Nanoscale Phenomena in Dielectric, Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Materials
  • Perovskite Dielectric, Mott Insulators, Ferroelectric, and Piezoelectric Materials
  • Novel Properties such as Flexoelectric Effect
  • Multiferroic Oxides, Heterostructures, and Thin Films



Point of Contact

Amit Goyal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PO Box 2008; MS 6116; Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6116
Phone: +1 (865) 574-1587
E-mail: goyala@ornl.gov




S3: Nano Phenomena and Interfacial/Surface Effects in Electronic Ceramics

Organizers: Quanxi Jia, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jacob L. Jones, University of Florida; Geoff Brennecka, Sandia National Laboratory; Brian Gorman, Colorado School of Mines; Amit Goyal, Ridge National Laboratory; David Norton, University of Florida


Intentional control or manipulation of interfaces in electronic ceramics from atomic-, nano-, and/or micro-scales provides the possibility to design and fabricate materials with multifunctionalities or emergent behaviors unavailable in the bulk. Interfacing different materials for novel electronic devices has become the subject of many theoretical and experimental studies recently and is enabling a new design paradigm to produce novel functionalities that cannot be obtained in individual constituents. Experimental results have shown such functionalities in various electronic ceramics including ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, piezoelectric, multiferroic, electro-optic, and superconducting materials, to list a few. However, the sensitivity of processing, chemical stoichiometry, strain, and lattice distortions on the physical properties of the materials has also created enormous challenges to this community. This symposium will provide a forum for academic, industrial, and national laboratory researchers to present and discuss the latest advances and fundamental research in the area of interfacial effects on the structural and physical properties of electronic ceramics. Novel approaches to composite materials, strain induced enhancement of functionalities, nanostructuring, characterization of material properties and physical responses at the interface will be also emphasized.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Atomic-, nano-, and micro-scale engineering of electronic ceramics
  • Interfacial/surface effects on the physical properties of ferroelectric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic, multiferroic, electro-optic, and superconducting materials
  • Nano phenomena in ferroelectric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic, magnetoelectric, electro-optic, and superconducting films
  • Processing related issues for functional metal-oxide films
  • Strain related issues
  • Interfacial/surface structure and its relation to epitaxial behavior
  • Probing and characterizing the interfaces
  • Quantification of atomic structure and stoichiometry at oxide interface/surface
  • Theory and modeling of interface/surface



Point of Contact

Quanxi Jia, Los Alamos National Laboratory
MPA-STC, Mail Stop K763
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545
Phone: +1 (505) 667-2716
E-mail: qxjia@lanl.gov



S4: Symposium on Energy Harvesting and Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring
Organizers: Shashank Priya, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Dan Inman, CEHMS, Virginia Tech; Paul Clem, Sandia National Laboratories; Roop Mahajan, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, Virginia Tech; Thomas Daue, Smart Material Corp.; Michelle Bell, Radiant Technologies, Inc.


Vast reductions in the size and power consumption of CMOS circuitry have led to focused research efforts on small and efficient power sources. Much of the current emphasis has been on developing on-site generators that transform an available environmental energy (light, kinetic, and thermal gradient) into electrical energy. This symposium will review past developments, current challenges and future goals in the field of energy harvesting and its application to structural health monitoring. Presentations in the symposium will concentrate on these topics: Energy Harvesting (piezoelectric, inductive, photovoltaic, electrets, radioactive and thermoelectric), and Structural Health Monitoring.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Theory and Modeling
  • Vibration Energy Harvesting – transducer design and fabrication, bulk harvesters, MEMS systems
  • Light and thermal gradient energy harvesting, ceramics in solar cells
  • Multimodal techniques and implementation
  • Integration with wireless sensor networks
  • Materials for energy harvesting – Piezoelectric, electrets, photovoltaic, polymers, radioactive, thermoelectric, electrostatic
  • Energy Harvesting Circuits and Control Systems
  • Structural Health Monitoring



Point of Contact

Shashank Priya
Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS),
310 Durham Hall
Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: +1 (540) 231-0745
E-mail: spriya@vt.edu




S5: Functional Ceramics for Energy Storage & Conversion

Organizers: Wolfgang M. Sigmund, University of Florida; Chris Apblett, Sandia National Laboratory; Y. Shirley Meng, University of Florida


The performance of current energy conversion & storage technologies falls short of requirements for using electrical energy efficiently in transportation, commercial and residential applications. Ceramic materials have always played a critical role in energy conversion and storage, and they are facing greater challenges today to meet higher performance demand. Key materials science and engineering issues underpinning the performance of the energy storage systems such as batteries and capacitors include crystal and electronic structures of electrode materials, phase stability and phase transformation during electrochemical processes, ionic diffusion in the bulk of solid and at the solid/liquid interfaces. Similar problems are of importance in fuel cells and photovoltaics. This symposium will provide a forum for academic, industrial, and national laboratory researchers to present and discuss the latest advances and fundamental research in the area of functional ceramic materials for energy storage and conversion systems including batteries (primary and secondary) of different chemistries (Li-ion Mg-ion, NiMH etc.), supercapacitors and hybrids. Advances in computational/modeling aspects will also be emphasized.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Advanced Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries
  • New Anode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries
  • Materials for supercapacitors
  • Primary and secondary batteries
  • New Nano structures for energy storage and conversion
  • Solid state ionic materials/Electrolytes



Point of Contact

Wolfgang M. Sigmund, University of Florida
225 Rhines Hall, P.O. Box 116400
Gainesville, FL 32611-6400, USA
Phone: +1 (352) 846-3343
E-mail: wsigm@mse.ufl.edu



S6: Ceramic Materials in Power Electronics (wide-band gap integration, high power capacitors)
Organizers: Jon Ihlefeld, Sandia National Laboratory; Paul Clem, Sandia National Laboratory


Efficient power electronics are in increasingly high demand to support electrical grid, transportation, and renewable power handling. Electronic ceramics and their integration with traditional semiconductor power devices have the potential to play a large role in this growing field. In particular, integration of ferroelectrics with wide bandgap semiconductors is an active and promising field of research. In addition, high energy density capacitors based on ceramics or polymer/ceramic nanoparticle composites show potential for significant increases in energy density for multiple applications in transportation and power electronics. This symposium will provide a forum for academic, industrial, and national laboratory researchers to present and discuss the latest advances and fundamental research in the area of bulk, thick film, thin film and nanoparticle electronic ceramics for power electronic applications.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Wide bandgap semiconductor integration
  • High energy density capacitors



Point of Contact

Jon Ihlefeld, Sandia National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5800
M.S. 1069
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1069
Phone: +1 (505) 844-3162
E-mail: jihlefe@sandia.gov



S7: Metamaterials and Microwave Ceramics
Organizers: Paul Clem, Sandia National Lab; Amit Goyal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


The ability to develop artificially engineered dielectric materials has enabled a number of new phenomena attractive for communications, optics, and sensing. Among these are microwave dielectrics for RF/microwave applications, ferrites, tunable dielectrics, and a broad class of “Metamaterials” including artificially structured dielectrics, doubly negative materials (negative, negative, and negative refractive index), and artificial electromagnetics with unique character. Ceramic materials play unique roles in these systems, and are of particular interest for low loss properties and tunable behavior. This symposium is a forum for emerging electromagnetic phenomena, engineered materials design, structure-property relationships, and system performance in these highly engineered artificial electromagnetic structures.



Proposed Session Topics

  • Metamaterials (visible to RF)
  • Artificial electromagnetic structures (e.g. resonators, engineered substrates)
  • Microwave dielectrics
  • Magnetic ceramics including ferrites (high frequency applications; visible to RF)
  • Tunable dielectrics
  • Integration of materials for engineered electromagnetic systems
  • Structure-property relations of engineered electromagnetic materials


Point of Contact

Paul Clem
Sandia National Laboratories
PO Box 5800, MS 1349
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1069
Phone: +1 (505) 272-7624
E-mail: pgclem@sandia.gov



S8: The Future of Electronic Ceramics: A New Investigator Symposium
Organizers: Victoria Knox, Council Chair for the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA); Laura Burka, Programming Chair for the PCSA; Jacob L. Jones, University of Florida; Geoff Brennecka, Sandia National Laboratory


Excellent student research is being conducted at universities in the United States and throughout the international community. However, there are few conferences or workshops where such research activities are highlighted. The New Investigator symposium will showcase both undergraduate and graduate research in the area of electronic materials and their applications. This symposium will also encourage innovation, collaboration, professional development, and continued involvement of students in the American Ceramic Society and throughout the ceramics community.



Proposed Session Topics

  • Nanostructured materials, nanocomposites, and interfacial effects
  • Novel processing techniques
  • Novel characterization approaches
  • Dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials
  • Energy harvesting materials and applications
  • Energy storage materials and applications
  • Other basic science and applications of electronic ceramics



Point of Contact

Victoria Knox
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA


EMA 2010 focuses on electronic ceramics for energy storage and conversion applications and the complementary fundamental science issues. Download the EMA 2010 Call For Papers brochure now for a PDF version of the symposia.



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